"An important new book about a crucial challenge facing the conservation movement" -- Spencer Black, vice president, Sierra Club
•*Chronicles the first all-African American summit attempt on Denali, the highest point in North America
•*Part adventure story, part history, and part argument for the importance of inspiring future generations to value nature
The nation’s wild places—from national and state parks to national forests, preserves, and wilderness areas—belong to all Americans. But not all of us use these resources equally. Minority populations are much less likely to seek recreation, adventure, and solace in our wilderness spaces. It’s a difference that African American author James Mills addresses in his new book, The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors.
Bridging the so-called “adventure gap” requires role models who can inspire the uninitiated to experience and enjoy wild places. Once new visitors are there, a love affair often follows. This is important because as our country grows increasingly multicultural, our natural legacy will need the devotion of people of all races and ethnicities to steward its care.
In 2013, the first all-African American team of climbers, sponsored by the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), challenged themselves on North America’s highest point, the dangerous and forbidding Denali, in Alaska. Mills uses Expedition Denali and its team members’ adventures as a jumping-off point to explore how minority populations view their place in wild environments and to share the stories of those who have already achieved significant accomplishments in outdoor adventures—from Mathew Henson, a Black explorer who stood with Peary at the North Pole, to Kai Lightner, a teenage sport climber currently winning national competitions. The goal of the expedition, and now the book, is to inspire minority communities to look outdoors for experiences that will enrich their lives, and to encourage them toward greater environmental stewardship.
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An inspiring read and history lesson
Thank you James and all those involved in Expedition Denali.
A truly captivating read! James Edward Mills cleverly and seamlessly weaves history with the story of Expedition Denali into a larger dialogue on African-Americans recreating outdoors. Through inspiring and exciting storytelling Mills points out that minorities have long had a unique and significant position in what we know and admire as the national park system. Through stories that showcase the diversity of African-Americans and those involved in outdoor sports, this book is well written and highly relatable to multiple walks of life. This is a quick read that motivates you to go out and explore the outdoors. I plan to share with others and use this book as material as I continue to inspire people of color to develop an adventurous and environmentally conscious connection with nature.